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Wilderness Press :: Nature :: Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail
Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail
Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail 
This new book by Sierra expert Elizabeth Wenk includes photos and descriptions of approximately 300 species of wildflowers and flowering shrubs in the High Sierra. The High Sierra is here defined to include areas above 8000 feet in elevation from Yosemite south through the Whitney Region. By restricting the collection of species to higher elevations, the book can include all commonly seen species and nearly half of all higher elevation species in a compact guide.

Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail will make identifying and remembering plants more approachable to people. The book will differentiate between species using only features easily identifiable to a non-botanist. The descriptions of each species will include the species common and scientific names, family name, growth form, flowering time, elevation range, region found, specific locations to find the species along commonly-hiked trails, the habitat, and how to identify the plant (e.g. flower color, petal number, leaf shape, height, etc.). The descriptions of where to find each species should be popular with hikers.

As an added bonus, Wenk includes about 40 natural history stories about specific plants or ecological concepts displayed by specific plants. They will provide that extra connection to a certain species that makes it easier to remember and identify it in the future.

The book is a perfect companion for dayhikers and backpackers interested in identifying flowers they are likely to see on the trails of the High Sierra.


About Elizabeth Wenk

From childhood, Lizzy Wenk has hiked and climbed in the Sierra Nevada with her family. After she started college, she found excuses to spend every summer in the Sierra, with its beguiling landscape, abundant flowers, and near-perfect weather. During those summers, she worked as a research assistant for others and completed her own Ph.D. thesis research on the effects of rock type on alpine plant distribution and physiology. But much of the time, she hikes simply for leisure. Wanting to explore every bit of the Sierra, she has hiked thousands of on- and off-trail miles and climbed nearly 500 peaks in the mountain range.

Author Elizabeth Wenk
ISBN 978-0-89997-738-6
Quantity in stock 15 item(s) available
Weight 1.00 lbs
Market price $22.95
Price: $17.21


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